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There are many reasons why this occurs, the first thing to do is to ensure the horse is not suffering from some sort of pain in the shoulder or legs making it uncomfortable for it to lift its feet. If all is well it may be you are not approaching the job correctly. stand parallel to the horse's shoulder facing away from the head then try patting the horse on the shoulder and running your hand firmly from the shoulder down the leg to the hoof finishing with cupping the front of the hoof in your palm while applying gentle but firm pressure to the heel with your thumb ask the horse to lift as you do so, if it resists lean on the shoulder to push the horses weight gently off the required leg before trying again. Repeating the exercize often will teach your horse to respond better each time.

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